Christmas Gift Tags

The Christmas countdown is on…We have created some festive Christmas gift tags that will add the perfect Wild & Gorgeous finishing touches to your wrapping. Simply click on the image to download, print and away you go!

 

Inspired by beautiful India – Q&A with ibbi

ibbi was launched in 2014 by Eliza Browne-Swinburne, Anna Kirkup and Claire McAlpine. ibbi is an online store of quirky homewares and found objects from around the world. We interviewed the wonderful Eliza from ibbi to find out more about their beautiful brand.

What was the original idea behind ibbi:

It all started with a trip to India and our longing to create a colourful hand crafted collection of really unusual homewares which were fabulous quality and sensibly priced.  Months of careful research and several incredible trips later ibbi was launched.

I love the name ibbi – what does it mean? 

ibbi stands for Inspired By Beautiful India and its a great palindrome.  We now source from lots of places around the world but India will always be the main inspiration.

There are 3 partners involved in ibbi… how do you all compliment each other?

None of us had any retail experience when we started ibbi and we had to learn on the job.  I mean, shipping was completely confusing because of the acronyms.  Its like a different language  B/L, CBM, CFR, CofO, EORI, FEC, LCL  we had no idea!  Google helped!

Learning to run a business from scratch is hard but we divided up the jobs working to our strengths.  Anna had to get a grip quickly of cashflow, budget, SWOT analysis, gross profit, VAT and so on , really hard but essential.  She is also a photographer and all that fell to her as well.  Claire took on Social Media and Marketing – a whole new vocabulary to learn and digital marketing changes so quickly.  My job was the website and IT.  Our roles cross over all the time so we are able to help each other out when we need to. All three of us work on product development and branding.

Is travel important to you and the business?

Travel is essential to ibbi.  It’s where we find new products, build relationships with suppliers and generally just get inspiration.  So many of our products are unique to ibbi and thats because we go and find them.  The bonus is we get to travel to beautiful places.

Which would be your desert island ibbi product?

This would have to be the Kantha Throw.  It so warm and soft.  I would hang it between palm trees to create a beautiful and colourful sun shade then in the evening lay it on the warm sand and wrap it around me at night to keep warm.  The beauty of the Kantha throw is it is 100% cotton and pre washed so no shrinkage when washed it in the desert island stream and then hung out in the sun to dry.  It just gets more and more beautiful with age.

In your dreams where would you like ibbi to be in ten years time?

On the Kings Road, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Bath and Terminal 5!

If you were to choose one product from the Wild & Gorgeous AW18 collection, what would it be?

The Charlie Dress – I mean who wouldn’t want that dress in their cupboard.  Forget the child – I want one!

 

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY | Festive Fun Activity Pack

It’s beginning to look like Christmas. Check out our Christmas activity sheet filled with fun tasks for little ones. From helping Santa find the words hidden in the word search, to joining the dots to reveal the Christmas picture and a delicious gingerbread man recipe to try. Simply print and let the festive activities commence!  

Click on the activity pack to print

CRAFT ACTIVITY | Magic Wax Resistant Fireworks Art

Need an indoor activity for the little ones? Create a magic firework wax resistant masterpiece with these simple steps…
What You’ll Need
  • Coloured Crayons including a white crayon or wax candle
  • Black water based paint (poster paint or water colours should work fine)
  • Paper
  • A paint brush
Instructions
  1. Using the coloured crayons create a beautiful display of fireworks. You can add a moon and stars and any hidden extras with the white crayon.
  2. Once happy with your masterpiece get the black paint and make sure its nice and runny. At this stage its best to do a test piece to make sure the wax will resist the paint, you may need to add extra water to the paint if not. Once happy paint over the firework display. You should then see your fireworks come to life in the night sky!
You don’t have to stick to a firework display, how about an under the sea scene or a spooky ghost or even hidden messages that your friends have to paint over to reveal.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

BOO! Let’s get ready for Halloween with a spooktacular pumpkin carving activity.

Choose a pumpkin and use a sharp serrated knife to cut off the top of the pumpkin to make a lid. Alternatively you can purchase a pumpkin carving kit.

Using a large spoon, scoop out the seed and fibres. Also remove some of the flesh.

With a marker pen, draw a simple outline of your design on the pumpkin, we recommend doing this using a stencil. We have included some stencils below, simply click on the stencil you like and click print. Next cut out the black sections to create the stencil, then apply it your pumpkin and draw your outline.

Next use a serrated knife or pumpkin carving kit to carve your design.

When you’re happy with your pumpkin, pop a tea light inside, light it and replace the lid. Don’t forget to share your spooky pumpkin pics on our social media channels.

Have a wildly wicked Halloween!

Jakki Jones’ AW18 Top Picks

We are delighted that Jakki Jones, busy mother (alongside working in showbiz, owner of Jakki Doodles and a columnist for Smallish Magazine!) has chosen her top ten picks from the AW18 collection.
JOSEPH DRESS
(and the jumpsuit is fab too)
I love the cut of this dress – and the vibrant colours. Pink and red are always a great combo. The sleeves on this dress make it a staple, unique piece for any young lady’s wardrobe!
STARMAN JUMPSUIT

Metallic jumpsuits are the easiest and most comfortable thing to wear and when you can have one as eye catching as this – its defo not to be missed. This would be a fab eye catching birthday party outfit – or just adding a bit more sparkle to the day-to-day wardrobe!

MOROCCAN DRESS

This dress is simply divine. It reminds me of a vintage piece you would have seen at Woodstock back in the day. Floaty, pretty, textured and totally unique. There aren’t many items like this for little girls, which makes it very special. I can see Riley wearing this at a summer festival next year, perhaps with some fringed boots.

MOON FESTIVAL DRESS

Despite the name ‘festival’ dress – I just think this is an awesome seasonal dress. Especially for the Christmas season. It screams ‘party’ to me. Team this up with a feathered headband and some cool leopard print flats, probably one of my dream outfits right there.

UMA PLAYSUIT

The colour and design of this playsuit is beautiful; so vibrant. Dress up for a party or dress down to be the coolest kid in nursey. Either way – you’re winning!

TARTAN POP SKIRT

Tartan – like leopard print – is another one of my favourite patterns. Tried and tested for many years – it never goes out of fashion. I’d love to mix it up with another textured item of clothing; perhaps a pink fluffy top, or even a metallic or neon pop of colour to clash and contrast.

EYE TEE



I love a bit of bright pink– and this playful design makes it stand out and iconic. One for kids and adults to go crazy for I reckon.

LEOPARD COAT

Everyone that knows me – knows my huge passion for leopard print and faux fur. I always have a leopard print jacket in my winter wardrobe. It’s been one of my staple pieces for over a decade – so it would be rude not to have one in Riley’s so we can have some twinning action going on.

COLETTE JACKET



This jacket is so chic. Love the boho feel to it – and the teal blue colour is stunning, this definitely is one of my favourites in the collection and is one of those jackets that is a staple piece in any child’s wardrobe.

LEOPARD PRINT CHELSEA BOOT



I would 100% wear these myself – if only they did bigger sizes! They are the dream. Teamed with a denim skirt or little leggings. They will complete any outfit.

Check out how Jakki’s daughter Riley has styled the Wild & Gorgeous collection.

Rainy Day Activities

1. Paint or draw

Get all your colouring books, pencils and paints out and get creative.

2. Have an indoor picnic

Lay out a picnic blanket and set out plates with snacks and drinks. Invite your cuddly toys as guests!

3. Make a moving story book

Draw an image in the same corner of the book on each page, each image should change slightly. When you’re finished flip through the pages and watch your character come to life.

4. Create a toy car racing track

Using some masking tape, create a racing track for you to race your cars around.

5. Make jewellery

You can use items like pasta, beads, paint and string to create beautiful necklaces and bracelets.

6. Make shadow puppets

Cut out various shapes on card and tape them to wooden sticks. Turn off the lights and with the help of a torch, see the shadows of your creations on the wall.

7. Make a den

Use sheets and blankets to drape over chairs and tables. To make it cosy put some cushions, blankets and cuddly toys inside.

8. Bake

Gather all the ingredients and have lots of fun baking. Then enjoy your super yummy treat after!

 

SOHO FARMHOUSE POP UP SHOP

This September we are thrilled to have been invited to create a pop up shop at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire.

This fabulous membership club where the great and the good go to sip cappuccinos and cocktails in super comfy and stylish surroundings is the perfect backdrop for the new Wild & Gorgeous Autumn Winter 2018 collection.

As you enter the complex there is a pretty little shop filled with cashmere throws, velvet cushions and scented candles galore where members go to browse or pick up a luxurious bath robe carelessly omitted from the weekends packing.

At the back of the shop is a beautiful, rustic wood clad room that Soho House use to showcase their favourite brands. Each brand stays for one month and is tasked with the challenge of turning it into an inviting mini shop.

We roped in the supremely talented Mary Mathieson to help us transform the shop into a Wild & Gorgeous Autumn grotto. Mary created a beautiful vine of sunflowers, straw, maple leaves and pheasant feathers to drape across the walls as well as making her signature floral and feather crowns to adorn the shelves. The result is a warm and inviting blend of rustic sophistication and we are delighted with the results.

So if you happen to be a member of the fabulous Soho Farmhouse please do nip along and see us there!

AUTUMN WINTER 2018 CATWALK TRENDS

ANIMAL INSTINCT
This season the catwalks were awash with animal prints and motifs with leopard print being especially popular. So channel your inner WILD CAT to stay ON TREND this Autumn. Grrrrrrrr

SILVER BULLETSay it with SILVER. Cool shimmer is the colour of the season. From subtle shades of soft silver to sequin sartorial disco balls. It’s all about slipping into winter with a glimmer and pale gleam.

CHECK MATENo wardrobe is complete this winter without a little check. From classic tartan print partywear to a good, warm, robust tartan or check skirt or trousers. A check is timeless, enduring and exudes classic chic. Check it out. MATE.

BOHO

70’s boho is a big story this Autumn Winter. Beautiful Moroccan inspired embroideries, vibrant colours, bell-shaped sleeves, and tiny mirrored details. Think Kensington Market in the 70’s and you’ve got the picture.

AW18 INSPIRATION

Daywear 

This Autumn we drew inspiration for our daywear collection from timeless tartan, ethnic and camouflage. We have always LOVED bringing tartan into our collections as it is a total classic as well as having that punk led 80’s street edge that we love so much. We can never get enough of RED tartan which we have realised in both chiffon party dresses and practical warm skirts. This season we have also designed an electric blue tartan that we think rings the changes and brings a new dimension to the fabric.
 
As eternal inner hippies we also have used plenty of embroidered and mirrored boho embellishments in our daywear designs. The Moroccan, Marrakesh and Jairpur dresses are designed to transport you to exotic warm climes with their warm colours and vibrant embroidery and mirrored detailing.

 Party People

As Wild & Gorgeous is well known for its partywear we take the Winter collection VERY seriously. This Autumn Winter we reached for the stars standing on disco balls in sequin 70’s catsuits. Obviously.
 
Key party pieces are set to be the Starman Playsuit, Star Wonder Dress, Hoxton playsuit and the fabulous Sequin hannah Dress. Reach for the Stars and don’t give up until you are holding one in your hands.